Harambee starlets lose 2-1 to tanzania in the final of the cecafa

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The national women's football team, Harambee Starlets lost 2-1 to Tanzania in a fiercely contested final match of the Cecafa Women Championship in Jinja, Uganda. Mwanahamisi Omari and Stumai Abdalla scored for the victors in the 27th and 44th minute while Christine Nafula slotted home a consolation goal in the 50th minute. Coach David Ouma made three changes to his squad, restoring custodian Vivian Akinyi and Christine Nafula who did not feature in Harambee Starlets 3-2 win in the semi-final match against Zanzibar on Sunday. Kenya started on a high forcing Tanzania to concede a corner kick in the fifth minute and was taken by Esse Akida but the ball went out for a goal kick. Tanzania replied immediately with team captain Asha Rashid coming in with a hard shot that went wide for a goal kick. Tanzania pressed on, but were not able to go past a compact Starlets' defence.
Tanzania dominated the better part of the first half especially in midfield and their efforts were rewarded as slotted home an opener in the 27th minute. Tanzania pilled more pressure with Irene Ogutu forced to push the ball out for a corner kick.
There was a controversy a minute later with the referee Ann Akoyi and the second assistant Atuhaire Dorcus, both from Uganda, differed in decision making to give Tanzania a goal that extended the lead. The assistant referee flagged down Abdalla for offside, but the referee waved the play on. Kenyan players surrounded the referee protesting the goal a situation that forced head coach David Ouma to rush to the field to calm down the tension. Kenya came back stronger in the second half and their efforts were rewarded as Christine Nafula pulled a goal back in the 50th minute.
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Twende Safari sevens!! (Africa’s premier 7 side tournament)

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Considered Africa’s premier 7 a side tournament, the ‘Safaricom Sevens’ gives the rugby enthusiast an opportunity to enjoy extensive competition whilst immersing themselves in the distinctive Kenyan culture.This sport tourism is right back here for a two day thrilled action full of energy, action and drive to entertain fans at the Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi from september 23 – 24, 2016.

The action and excitement associated with this game has attracted millions of loyal fans from every corner of the world with home observers who dedicate plenty of their time sitting to enjoy this game played by all professionals from different social, culture and racial background from across the globe.

Locally, the team is run and managed by Kenya Rugby Football Union. About 16 teams from different countries will take part in this tournament. The participating African countries include Kenya, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Others are Les Bleu, Samoa, New Zealand, Auckland and Spain among others.

The Safaricom Safari Sevens 2016 got its title as Safaricom sponsored the Safari Sevens rugby tournament for the second time running.

 

British Rio athletes honoured by Para Athletics Championships tickets

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London 2017 Ltd today announced the creation of two special edition World Para Athletics Championships tickets in honour of British athletes’ performances at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The new tickets were launched following Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s successful track and field performance, with a 33-strong medal haul, beating their London 2012 medal count of 29.

Fans can secure children’s tickets for just GBP 3 in honour of Hannah Cockroft and her superb haul of three gold medals over the 100m, 400m and 800m T34. The ‘Cockroft ticket’ is available across all sessions of the World Para Athletics Championships which take place 14 – 23 July 2017.

In addition, adult tickets for any session can be purchased at GBP 9, in recognition of the nine world records set by British athletes at the Games – including Cockroft’s T34 400m record of 58.78.

The Hannah Cockroft and World Record special edition tickets join those in place for the IAAF World Championships honouring Colin Jackson, Jonathan Edwards, Sally Gunnell and Usain Bolt. They will be available for purchasers until the end of the current World ParaAthletics Championships sale window, which closes on Friday 30 September 2016. Tickets are available to buy now at tickets.london2017athletics.com.

Next summer will bring together 3,300 world-class athletes from more than 200 countries, who will compete in 30 sessions across 20 jam-packed and action-fuelled days as both the World ParaAthletics Championships and the IAAF World Championships are hosted by the same city in the same summer.

Next year’s Championships are gearing up to be the last chance to see world-class athletes such as Richard Whitehead compete, but will also allow the nation a first chance to see a host of new Paralympic champions including Paul Blake, Jo Butterfield, Libby Clegg, Kadeena Cox, Sophie Hahn and Georgie Hermitage in global athletics action.

 

 

Spectacular closing ceremony as Olympic flag goes to Tokyo

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The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil's arts and was held in a wet Maracana.

Among the highlights were Tokyo's impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade.

"These were a marvellous Olympics, in a marvellous city," said International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach.

"Over the last 16 days a united Brazil inspired the world, in difficult times for all of us, with its irresistible joy for life."

Bach officially closed the Games of the 31st Olympiad after 16 days of competition, featuring 11,303 athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team.

One of the biggest cheers of the night came when Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared dressed as computer game character Super Mario, rising out of a huge green pipe in the stadium.

The ceremony, watched by billions around the world, featured the parade of athletes and a dramatic extinguishing of the Olympic flame.

Women's hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh carried the flag for Great Britain, who finished the Games with 67 medals - their highest tally at an overseas Olympics.

Super-heavyweight boxer Joe Joyce had earlier won Britain's final medal of Rio 2016 - a silver - as they finished second in the medal table to the United States, ahead of China.

Kenyan girls find the going tough as they lose all three rugby matches

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Battling Kenya went down 19-10 to Spain in their final Pool B match of the Rio 2016 Olympics women’s rugby sevens competition at the Deodoro Stadium on Sunday to end their preliminary engagements with three defeats.

It was a tough outing for Kenya who replaced South Africa as the continental representatives after the African giants withdrew saying they were not competitive enough.

Favourites New Zealand thrashed Kenya 52-0 in their first match before France crushed them 40-7 on Saturday to end the country’s hopes of advancing to the quarter-finals.

Skipper Cellestine Masinde admitted that the team was on a steep learning curve.

“We still need to perfect so much in our play to compete with other teams at this level,” said Masinde who scored a brilliant try to tie the scores at 7-7 against France.

Shujaa locks horns with Britain in their first olympic gold hunt,Today

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Kenya Sevens launch their quest for the coveted Olympic gold medal against the 2014 Commonwealth Games Plate winners, Great Britain, at 6pm today at the Deodoro Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

They will then confront World champions New Zealand, who are also the Commonwealth Games silver medallists at 9.30pm. Kenya Sevens, the 2009 and 2013 World Cup semi-finalists, will then wrap up their Pool C outing tomorrow at 6pm against Japan.

Rugby sevens has adopted a 12-team format where the teams will be seeded after the pool matches before paving the way for the knockout stages later on Wednesday.

The top two teams in every pool will make it to the Main Cup where they will be joined by the next two best losers after the ranking.
The battle against New Zealand and Great Britain will be the most crucial for Kenya Seven’s campaign for a Main Cup slot.

The return from injury of Oscar Ouma and Dennis Ombachi, who are astute ball carriers, is a boost. It will also be a great moment for former Kenya 7s skipper Humphrey Kayange and is his younger brother and prolific try scorer Collins Injera.

Injera, who tops the World Rugby Sevens Series try charts with 235 will also confront England’s Dan Norton, who is the fourth-highest try scorer in series history (210), and James Rodwell, who set a new record of 69 consecutive series events earlier this yea

Okwiri stunner on Russian champion,Andrei Zamkovoi

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Kenya's Rayton Nduku Okwiri produced the biggest shock of the boxing so far at the Rio Games on Sunday when he defeated Russia's welterweight London bronze medallist on a split decision.

The 9,000-seat arena gave the Russian boxers and a smattering of their fans a few half-hearted boos, after all 11 of the country's fighters were cleared to compete in Rio despite revelations of rampant state-run doping across Russian sports.

Okwiri was the underdog against Andrei Zamkovoi, who won bronze four years ago, in their welterweight clash.

But he made a nonsense of that and quickly endeared himself to the largely Brazilian crowd, who booed when the few Russian supporters chanted and shouted "Kenya! Kenya!" as the 30-year-old Okwiri kept pursuing his foe.
After overcoming his first opponent in a round 32 bout on Sunday evening, Rayton Okwiri is already dreaming of becoming only the second boxer to win a gold medal for Kenya at the Olympic Games.

Two of the three ringside judges scored in favour of Okwiri against Russian opponent, Andrei Zamkovoi in the fight staged at Riocentro Pavilion 6.

Okwiri, who outscored Zamkovoi 2-1 (29-28, 29-28 and 28-29), said victory has lifted his confidence to go all the way to the final.

However, Okwiri said the level of competition is tough and he will not underrate his next opponent.

Okwiri’s next opponent will be Mohammed Rabii of Morocco who got a bye into the round of 16.

Rio Olympics 2016 opening ceremony kicks off with a vibrant bang

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The Rio Olympics officially started with a long and loud celebration of Brazilian culture that also featured some unfortunate reminders of the troubled backdrop to these Games.

The dominant images from the four-hour opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium will be supermodel Gisele Bundchen's catwalk across the pitch to The Girl From Ipanema, the joyous arrival of Brazil's team and former marathon star Vanderlei de Lima lighting an Olympic cauldron that morphed into a golden disco ball.

But the boos that greeted acting Brazilian president Michel Temer's short address to open the Games, the smattering of jeers the Russian team received and the catcalls that followed a reference to government funding tell a different story.

Rio 2016 has had a difficult upbringing, with worries about the country's ability to afford it, Rio's preparations and sport's credibility in the face of a divisive doping crisis, but South America's first ever Olympics is now ready to entertain the world and perhaps revive a nation.

Temer, who took office in May when impeachment procedures were started against president Dilma Rousseff, tried to postpone his poor reception by opting out of the initial welcome alongside International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.

This meant the first boos of the evening went to the team from Brazil's traditional rival, Argentina, although they were of the pantomime variety and the selfie-snapping Argentinians did not seem fazed.

But by that point the Maracana was in full-on party mode as a succession of dancers, musicians and volunteers raced through routines intended to showcase Brazil's diversity and history, even finding time for a lecture on environmental issues.

Bundchen's long sashay was an early highlight, as was a clever section that featured a biplane appearing to fly out of the stadium and circle the city's signature Christ the Redeemer statue.

The ceremony's creative director Fernando Meirelles had less money to spend than his predecessors, including Danny Boyle, the mastermind of London 2012's memorable show, but he promised "the coolest party" and gave it a good go.

The Parade of Nations is always the Games' first big test of stamina, and with new countries such as Kosovo and South Sudan taking their place in the pageant for the first time, as well as a team of refugee athletes, Rio's race through the atlas was even more gruelling than usual.

the Olympic Torch Relay finally arrives at the Maracanã to fire up Rio 2016!!

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After bringing the Olympic spirit to all corners of Brazil in a three-month marathon, the Olympic Torch Relay finally arrived at the Maracanã to fire up Rio 2016, bringing to life the Olympic cauldron.

In a spectacular finale to the Opening Ceremony on 5 August, long distance runner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima was the last torchbearer, who ignited the Olympic cauldron, a stunning mirrored pyre.

The Olympian had suffered heartbreak in Athens in 2004 when he was disrupted by an intruder while in the lead in the marathon but still managed to win bronze. He has since become synonymous with sportsmanship and perseverance.

It topped off an epic journey that began in May in the capital city of Brasília.

From there, it travelled through the colourful north-east, the enchanting Amazon, the gaucho lands of the south and the metropolises of São Paulo on its road to Rio.
The flame has surfed, sailed and soared in the hands of athletes and teachers, young and old.

Among the most memorable moments was the passage of the flame through the town of Caruaru in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco to the music of one of the most important Brazilian musicians, Luiz Gonzaga.Torchbearers and volunteers sent the relay viral with their spirited and rousing display as the town enjoyed the traditional São João festivities.

The relay also recognised Brazil’s origins, visiting the spot in the state of Bahia where explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral discovered the country in 1500.

Starlets beat Portuguese champions Benfica 3-0,Esse scores hat-trick

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 National women soccer team Harambee Starlets started their preparations for the 2016 Africa Women Nations Cup Championships with a positive note as they hammered the Portuguese reigning champions CF Benfica 3-0, in a group A match in the ongoing fifth edition of COTIF Women Football Tournament on Sunday night in Valencia,Spain.

Spedag FC in form striker Esse Akida grabbed a hat trick in the 28th,49th and 70th minute to steer Starlets to their first win of the tournament.

It took the starlets just 30 minutes to open the account with Akida bouncing on the ball and sending it past Benfica goalkeeper.

She added her second at the beginning of the second half before completing her hat-trick 10 minutes from time.

Akida has been literally scoring in every league match for her side and she is currently the top score of WPL with 13 goals from six matches and the three goals in Spain added to Akida’s national team goal tally to six from four matches. Ms Esse attributed her great form on putting her mind fully on football after she culminated her studies in Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) last year.The win is yet another plus for the starlets who have continued to shine as the tournament approaches.

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